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Begich Opposes Universal Background Checks, Says They Do Not Reflect Alaska Values

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released the following statement after the Senate conducted a series of votes on gun legislation:

“I’ve said all along that there are commonsense things we can do to keep our communities safe, but we must do them without undermining our Second Amendment rights. Unfortunately the bill on the Senate floor today would have done just that.”

“I supported several amendments today, including cracking down on illegal activity and increasing penalties for things like criminals illegally obtaining guns through a third party.  I believe enforcing the laws currently on the books must be a key component of any strategy to reduce gun violence.  I also believe we must address the issue of mental health. That is why Senator Graham and I have introduced legislation to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who are a danger to themselves or others.”

“I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to keep our communities safe and reduce acts of gun violence without undermining Alaska values or infringing on our fundamental rights.“

Apr 23, 2013 02:30 pm
 Posted by  AKguns

“I’ve said all along that there are commonsense things we can do to keep our communities safe, but we must do them without undermining our Second Amendment rights. Unfortunately the bill on the Senate floor today would have done just that.

This is the Congressional Libertarian response to a public call for the public's protection from gun violence. Yes, there are commonsense things we can do, and yes laws exist on the books, Mr. Begich. What you are not addressing is the INDIVIDUAL CITIZEN'S RIGHTS TO safety in the community. When I go to the shopping mall or the movie theatre or to my child's school, I have a RIGHT to do that without fear of gun violence. So the public's right certainly trumps the rights of unhinged individuals to carry lethal weapons.

Lastly, responsible gun-owning, 2nd Amendment loving Alaskans have nothing to fear from background checks prior to gun sales. The public's right to freedom from gun safety rises way above the right of one person who is unsafe with a death weapon. Background checks DO NOT INFRINGE UPON THE SECOND AMENDMENT. And if the NRA tells you they do, they're wrong, and you must protect the 99% instead of the .00001%.

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